children-hospitality This year, I thought it would be fun to have the kids tag along to deliver Valentine's Day treats. We decided to gift our pediatrician's office and my OBGYN since Ridley was about to celebrate his first birthday. We had to wait until one o'clock to deliver the gifts, so we played at a playground for an hour after school. I thought this would be a good idea but it backfired, making us all tired, hungry, and ready to go home.  I promised the girls we would be quick, but you can guess what happened next. Major meltdown.

Yep.  You know the kind. The kind where one child pitches a fit over putting her shoes on and where the other one wants to take every-single-toy-that-she-owns inside with her and the kind where your baby arches his back refusing to be buckled into his car seat. The kind where mommy loses her patience and says in a tone a bit too sharp to "Stop crying! We need to go."

But instead of admitting defeat to the meltdown, we unbuckled and try to make our sticky faces, wild hair, and smelly diapers presentable before we walked inside, smiling like the happy family we appeared to be. But I couldn’t help but think to myself, "Am I really teaching my kids about love right now?"

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*This is an excerpt from Christen's new devotional, Practice Hospitality centered around Romans 12:9-13 which teaches that hospitality is love in action. Divided into three sections, you will understand what it means to release, receive, and rejoice and how we are all called to living a life of invitation. The devotional also features some of our favorite recipes for entertaining including Acre's sweet potato bread pudding, homemade pizza dough, fancy (but easy!) salad and more. These recipes will cure any hostess jitters and have your guests begging for seconds! Purchase your copy of Practice Hospitality on Etsy. 

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Christen will be speaking about how to practice hospitality with your kids at our Better Together Conference in Dothan, Al on April 15th-16th 2016. Buy your tickets here!